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Old 02-22-2011, 12:22 PM   #29
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Septic system $250,000 water system $50,000 electrical $150,000 roads and site development $75,000 and $5,000 per site for driveway and lot development.Public washrooms $125,000 swimming pool $75,000
Now move on to zoning and bylaws. County planning application $5,000 City planning application $2,500 environmental impact study $50,000, engineered plans for water, septic and electrical required for applications $80,000. Misc other costs, permits out buildings etc $137,500. That all totals at $1.5 million for 150 sites so $10,000 per site based on 150 sites. Fewr sites and the cost per site rises to $15,000 to $20,000 per site. All that is without land costs which I did not include because you said you have the land. With 5 acres you would probably only be allowed 25 sites so a rough guess it would run you closer to $30,000 per site for development and infrastructure.
Yeah, but you have to admit, Chris: once you have all those things paid, the rest is pure gravy!

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Old 02-22-2011, 01:08 PM   #30
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Double that cost if you need to buy land and then add the $1000 per site per year operational costs. So it's not all gravy as Aage says.

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Old 02-22-2011, 09:28 PM   #31
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I really was not trying to make a campground, just 2 or 3 cool old trailers that could be rented for the weekend, each one might make $5k per year, not much, but it would pay for the remodel to make it inhabitable in the first year, besides, I dont think a 1.5 million dollar business starts with a couple $600 trailers, at least it wont look good in the business plan when you try the bank for funding. This is one of the few times I was actually thinking on the smaller side, I usually reach far out there with some of my ideas, just hoping one will work, after all it is America, we're supposed to dream a little. When I built my house, it started small and turned into 2000 square feet with an 1800 foot workshop. The shop has a 1000 gallon septic tank with a 60 foot leach line I put in last year for less than $3k which supports my shop and according to the county building code, it should support a 3 bedroom house, so I would think it could support 3 trailers used part time.
Electric is right there, near the septic, water too, the ground is soft there so I dont think it would be too hard to run electric, water and septic lines to them, dont need a plummer or electrician, do it all myself. We live next to the national park that gets near 2 million visitors a year, all of our friends have vacation rentals, but they had to spend quite a bit more on a house or cabin to rent out, granted they get more per night than an old trailer could get, but the profit would be close to the same, if not better in my favor.
I admit, the argosy may have been a bit rougher than what what is considered a good shell, but for $600, can you really go wrong? Thats all I gave for the last one too, so its not like I broke the bank to buy something that has lived its life, been used and abused and put away wet.
I guess I was just thinking out loud, looking for some option that could be in my favor with the excella. I already own my own business, below is a pic of what I do. Its going good, just a little bored with doing the same thing all the time and would love to get out of the shop with a project that has potential to earn a few bucks. I thought I could do a quick make over and get a good price for the excella, but now I know what it takes to make an airstream road worthy, seems like even one that is 15 years old has to be refloored.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:37 PM   #32
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Hi 72-500, I bought a trailer Excella 500 1979 bathroom in the middle from like 8 months ago this trailer was almost in the same condition as yours exept for the floor and almost finished repairing and I've spent about $8,000 dollars in parts and labor that I myself do work. I think if you like the trailer did not give up.WikipediaWictionaryChambers (UK)Google imagesGoogle defineThe Free DictionaryJoin exampleWordNetGoogleUrban DictionaryAnswers.comrhymezone.comMerriam-Webster<>0


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